IICF to Host Benefit Dinners in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles

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Insurance industry leaders to be honored for philanthropic efforts

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and enriching lives, announced that it will be hosting its annual benefit dinners in three division headquarter cities. During these events, to be held February 27 in Dallas, March 5 in Chicago and March 19 in Los Angeles, each division will present grants to various regional nonprofit organizations and honor remarkable industry executives for their philanthropic work. More than 1,200 insurance professionals gathered for these dinners last year to support their respective communities, raising more than $1.3 million in total.

This year, the IICF divisions will honor the following industry executives for their dedication to philanthropic efforts within the community:

  • Richard Blades, Chief Executive Officer, Marsh Wortham, a division of Marsh USA Inc., honored with 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award in the IICF Southeast Division based in Dallas
  • Kathleen Savio, Chief Executive Officer, Zurich, North America, honored as the 2020 Trailblazer of the Year in the IICF Midwest Division based in Chicago
  • Corinne Jones, Executive Vice President, AmWINS Access, honored with the 2020 Golden Horizon Award in the IICF Western Division based in Los Angeles

“IICF is proud to recognize the incredible philanthropic efforts and achievements of this year’s honorees,” said Bill Ross, IICF Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful that so many members within the industry are both personally and professionally dedicated to charitable giving and volunteerism in unique ways and to the direct benefit of their own communities and beyond.”

Details, including information on special celebrity guests, are below:

Southeast Benefit Dinner: Feb. 27 at The Ford Center at the Star: Dallas Cowboys Headquarters
Guest performer: Two-time Grammy Award winning country artist LeAnn Rimes
Contact: Sarah Conway at sconway@iicf.com or click here for event site

Blazing the Trail Benefit, Midwest Division: March 5 at the Four Seasons Chicago
Guest speaker: Charles “Peanut” Tillman, former Chicago Bear, founder of the Cornerstone Foundation
Contact: Kelly Hartweg at khartweg@iicf.com or click here for event site

Horizon Award Gala, Western Division: March 19 at The Majestic Downtown, Los Angeles Guest speaker: To be announced soon.
Contact: Melissa-Anne Duncan at maduncan@iicf.com or click here for event site

Proceeds from the 2020 dinners benefit the IICF Community Grants Program in the Southeast, Midwest and Western Divisions, which provide grants to regional charities that support a number of causes including education, children at risk, veterans, child abuse prevention, disaster preparedness, safety, and health and human services.

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is a unique nonprofit that unites the collective strengths of the insurance industry to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteer service and leadership. Established in 1994, IICF has served as the philanthropic foundation of the insurance industry for more than twenty-five years, contributing $36 million in community grants along with 300,000 volunteer hours by more than 110,000 industry professionals. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised, serving hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations, for maximum community impact. IICF is a registered nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at http://www.iicf.org or follow us on Twitter @doubleicf.

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